Discover the roots of long distance running.
Become a better runner and have the running experience of a lifetime!
Home Of Champions
Kenyan runners have been successful for decades. They dominate the rankings at almost all distances. Many wonder what makes the Kenyan runners so incredibly successful. Is it their genetics? Is it the altitude training? Is it their training program, or maybe their diet?
One thing most successful Kenyan runners have in common, is that they live and train in a small village called Iten. There is something magical about it.
Located in the highlands of Kenya. On the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley, misty in the morning. It sometimes feels like the edge of the world. It truly is a runners paradise. Something you’ll notice early in the morning. At sunrise, when hundreds of runners will gather for their morning runs.
There is no other place on earth that has produced more long distance running champions. You’ll be reminded of this when arriving in Iten. A big red arch across the main road with the words, ”Welcome to Iten – Home of Champions”.
Get unique insider access
What if we told you that it’s is possible to run in this runners paradise yourself. We have been introducing runners from all over the world to the Kenyan running scene since 2012.
We want to share the Kenyan passion for running with as many runners as possible. That’s we started organizing running camps in Iten. Our running camps are focused on quality training, having fun and discovering the fascinating Kenyan culture.
It is our mission to offer our guests the running experience of a lifetime. By giving a unique insider access into the daily lives and training routines of Kenyan runners. A supportive group environment with like-minded runners. Learn from Kenyan runners. Interact with the local running community. Get inspired and enjoy the beauty that Kenya has to offer.
The trip is well organized, the camp is a good meeting place for runners and athletes. You meet different cultures. I really enjoyed my time with Running camps Kenya, thanks!
We loved the morning runs with the group. Iten is such a beautiful place. The views are amazing. We are grateful that we were able to experience this.
33 & 30
Great running camp and team! Nice accommodation with swimming pool. I loved the easy and simple Kenyan way of doing things. Will be back for sure.
I have joined the camp with my wife and kids. We really enjoyed this beautiful country, the sports camp, being able to run, swim, workout in the gym, go on safari, see wild animals. It was a trip that will last a lifetime!
40 & 39
This is what you get when you join our camp
Running camps in Iten
Whether you join our camp to; get better as a runner. Prepare for your upcoming race. Get the best training in order to break your PR. To enjoy an active and adventurous holiday, or all of the previous reasons. We will ensure that you have an unforgettable time and go back with a lot of new insights, knowledge and experiences.
All training sessions are tailored to your personal abilities. You will get a Kenyan pacemaker assigned to you for the duration of the camp.
Our camps are held at the High Altitude Training Centre. The best training accommodation in Kenya. With all the facilities you’ll need.
Beside quality training, there is plenty of time for a wide range of non-running activities and several excursions during our camps.
Relax and Enjoy
All training sessions and non-running activities are fully guided. We have professional guides who will assist you every day of the camp.
We will take away all the hassle of organizing your trip. We are available to assist you with every part of planning your trip to Kenya.
Running with the Kenyan runners was great! I learned a lot about their motivations and we shared many stories. The positive and easy going Kenyan mindset is really something that I will take home with me.
We asked many questions about the training camp in advance. Mark really helped us. The accommodation is good. The rooms are simple but nice. Highly recommended!
35 & 30
I loved the guided runs. Reuben is a great guy who knows his way around Iten. Visiting the giraffes was awesome. Thanks for everything!
A great experience for every runner who wants to improve. Friendly people, smiles everywhere. I absolutely loved it!
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Temporary bonus offer
What does this mean?
When you’re back at home, and you have any questions regarding training/race preparation/nutrition,
contact us and you’ll have our full support!
Included in the Running Camp
Daily guided runs and training sessions, together with our pacemakers, tailored to your own abilities. Excursions to immerse you into the Kenyan running scene and culture. Accommodation, food, everything is taken care of.
100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE
If you change your mind up to 30 days before the start of the camp.
You get a 100% refund. No questions asked.
I joined the camp to prepare for my marathon. I learned a lot from the coaches by talking them about their own race experiences. The whole camp was very helpful for me. I actually ran 4 minutes under my goal of 3.30 !
From start to finish, everyone in the group was just wonderful, and the coaches (Richard / Reuben) were awesome. The excursions were nice too! I've made so many memories with the group. I can't thank you guys enough!
INCREDIBLE weeks! Such an amazing introduction to Kenya. We will be recommending to other runners. Super glad we did it.
32 & 29
Best decision I have ever made.. The Kenyan culture, the friendliness of the people. It was so nice to see how the Kenyan people are so happy with the little things in life. The rooms in the camp are simple, but totally fine. I miss running on the dirt roads with the Kenyan runners already..
Running Camp Dates
We have monthly running camps with fixed dates. Next to this, you can always contact us for a private running camp for you and your friends, running team or club. We also offer educational school running camps.
8 – 21 Jun 2020
6 – 19 Jul 2020
3 – 16 Aug 2020
7 – 20 Sep 2020
5 – 18 Oct 2020
2 – 15 Nov 2020
7 – 20 Dec 2020
6 – 19 Jan 2021
3 – 16 Feb 2021
2 – 15 Mar 2021
6 – 19 Apr 2021
3 – 16 May 2021
8 – 28 Jun 2020
6 – 26 Jul 2020
3 – 23 Aug 2020
7 – 27 Sep 2020
5 – 25 Oct 2020
2 – 22 Nov 2020
7 – 27 Dec 2020
6 – 26 Jan 2021
3 – 23 Feb 2021
2 – 22 Mar 2021
6 – 26 Apr 2021
3 – 23 May 2021
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, we have many guests that travel alone. Please get in contact with us about any concerns you might have, we’re happy to help you out.
Iten is safe and the locals are very welcoming to foreign visitors.
Our camps are held at the High Altitude Training Centre in Iten.
The accommodation is situated directly next to the local police head quarters and the camp also has a 24 hour security guard as a precaution.
We have been organizing running camps since 2012 and have never experienced any issues regarding safety.
All our runs and excursions are also guided by our local Kenyan pacemakers and guides.
You can also go out on your own without any problems.
No, our running camps are an exciting combination of training, excursions, adventure and having fun.
Besides our daily training sessions, we will take you on several local excursions to explore the beautiful Kenyan nature and the Kenyan running scene.
However, our running camps are always tailored to your personal goals and wishes.
If you don’t want to go on excursions and want to fully focus on becoming a better runner, training and rest, that’s perfectly possible. Talk to us to discuss the possibilities.
A typical day of training starts with an early morning run, breakfast, a little rest, an afternoon activity / local excursion, optional gym session (core/strength/stability classes) and if you feel like going on a 2nd (guided) run in the afternoon, that’s always possible.
Other training during the camp consists of track sessions on our private track, long runs, speed work, progression runs, fartlek and more.
You can book the international flight with your preferred airline to Nairobi, Kenya.
From Nairobi you’ll have to fly to Eldoret in Kenya. You can book your flight from Nairobi to Eldoret with JamboJet Airlines. They offer 3 flights a day.
Our team will pick you up from Eldoret Airport when you arrive.
The airport transfer to the accommodation in Iten is included in the package. As soon as you have your flight details, please share them with us so we can arrange your airport transfer.
Sure. You can also train based on your own schedule with one of our pacemakers.
You are always free to join in on any of our training sessions / guided runs as well.
Whatever option you like, we’ll make sure you get the best out of each training session.
There are no compulsory vaccinations to enter Kenya. Unless you are travelling from an area where there is a high risk of yellow fever infection. you can find more information about this on the website of the Kenyan embassy.
In general, malaria rarely occurs in Iten, due to the altitude. So it’s usually not necessary to use any anti-malaria medication.